Thursday, September 29, 2016

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (185) - Ttians Return Apeface

Its free, bought with a TRU voucher, hahaha.... and so tempted to get a loose TR Hardhead to modify it into a good TR Apeface body...


Here's a closeup look of the contents...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Update : KO Oversized CW Rodimus - "G1 Resemblance" Customization

Spend the whole weekend (and 1 Friday evening) to do this customize... All because of my stubbornness to want to turn this KO more G1-like, hahahaha... First, started off by making the exhaust pipes. There are 2 parts, one for the arms that will act as laser guns, the other to attach to the legs... I used toothpicks to form the arm ones, and the plastic tubes of cotton swab to make the leg ones... The leg pipes will obstruct the lower hands from swinging out when transforming from car to robot mode, so I make them "swivell-able"... not easy, as the plastic tubes don't take superglue, nor the UV-light glue well... finally have to use hot glue for holding them together...


Also used an old KO Kabaya Brainmaster for Road Caesar to form up the exposed engine... Again, the reliable hot glue is used for joining... Silver paint pen is used, however, the plastic tubes and engine are not taking the paint well due to the nature of the "oily" plastic... Looks pretty good, but I think more can be done...


So, I used some images of the G1 toy on the internet to print out stickers for the robot chest and the car bonnet, since they are different pieces unlike the G1 toy... I stretch the height and width separately, hence you may find the Autobot insignia weird if you look closely, hahahaha... Unnecessary silver parts are covered with car-touch-up-paint and other details painted with silver paint pen, on the head and shoulders of the robot mode... Yeah, the exhaust pipes on the legs look a bit too long... anyway, not intending to trim them anymore, enough of the work...



Now my KO CW Hot Rod has weapons (arm-laser guns) !!! Hahahahaha....


No parts-forming when transforming. Car mode looks quite good too...


The "gun" from the yellow spoiler does not look good, but because of my obsession to have zero parts-forming, it has to be there... sigh... anyway....


Again, the exhaust pipes look a bit too long (sorry for the nagging)...


Loving this!!!!! (ok, no more "hahahahaha".... =) )




And finally a clip to show the transformation...


Can't wait for next weekend to come so that I can do the "face mask" for the KO Oversized Generations Starscream to hide his face in jet mode...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Update : Titans Return Galvatron - Face Mask Lowered , Cockpit Space for Titan Master

Tore out the mask of Titans Return Galvatron and re-position the face mask lower... looks better than previous...


Just now discovered this chest cavity can actually serve as a cockpit for the Titan Master 'Megatron' to sit (actually is stand) in the cannon mode!!!


Cover can be closed down completely if want to... Nice...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (184) - Ttians Return Highbrow and Chromedome

Collected my haul of the loose Titan Return Highbrow and Chromedome last night, which I bought from Taobao.com... Costs about SGD 38.30 for these 2 TFs... nice...

Initially I did not plan to buy Highbrow, as I already have the (KO Kabaya) G1 mold, but in the end decided to collect all 4 original Autobot Headmasters, all 4 on the same scale... But the Titan Master Xort / Gort comes with 2 left arms... sigh... I only did a minimum of making the back of the right arm round (to raise arm) and the front look better... anyway, head mode is not affected much...


A common problem of TR Highbrow is the wobbly-head-syndrome. I cut 2 pieces of thin ABS (can be any other material) pieces and glue them to the front and end positions of the socket. Note that if you are trying to do this fix, do try to glue the add-on pieces to the body (blue plastic) and not the white socket part. Works well now, without head wobbling.


Helicopter mode... Don't really like the shape of this helicopter which seemed to have a fat butt when you look from the top, and also each side has only 2 blades for rotor (G1 has 3 blades)... But overall still acceptable...



The cockpit can open to put the Titan Master inside! Cool...


Robot mode is much better for TR Highbrow... Though TR Highbrow borrows the basic structure from TR Scourge, he gives a quite different look from Scourge without much similarities (yah, thighs are same...) Because the feet are fixed, any wide stance posing will not be easy to make it stand stable, though can be done. When transforming TR Highbrow, remember to flip the chest out...





Next, TR Chromedome... Ah, Chromedome... This is the only (G1) Autobot Headmaster that I cannot find, KO or Kabaya (No, don't ask me to buy an over-priced 2nd hand toy... )... So this is on my top of list of the TR figures to buy... Happy... I saw from some forums that this is also borrowed from a Combiner Wars TF structure... Anyway, I don't quite like the red guns mounted on the top of the car, but no other place to store them in car mode...



And yeap, car has a "cockpit" that can open to let Titan Master Stylor to sit in... Cool...


And TR Chromedome in robot mode!!! Nice nice...




3 out of 4 of the original Autobot Headmasters collected... Waiting for the last one... hopefully Taobao will have the loose stock and soon... Hahahaha...



And here's the videos to show their transformation...




Thursday, August 4, 2016

More Minor Painting : Titans Return Galvatron and Scourge

Final paint touch-up on TR Galvatron and TR Scourge... For Galvatron, silver and red paint is added to replicate the "belt" thing seen in G1... However, the silver "belt-strap" is not very visible, while the red "buckle" is of a brighter red than the abdomen's red... Still, this will more or less complete almost the G1 style colour patterns...


A comparison of Galvatron before (left) and after touch-up painting/customizing... Not very visible paint in robot mode but will be more Am seriously considering to make the G1-style vertical shoulder pads... maybe next time...


(Ignore the different purple colours due to camera capture) The cannon mode before (left) and after... I will still prefer a thicker cannon support at the bottom of cannon (like the G1 version) which the now-dismantled jet canopy strongly resembles... But this (after customizing) is good enough...


I proceeded to paint Scourge's thighs (nope, still using the old paint pen)... looks good, hahaha...


And a comparison of Scourge before (left) and after touch-up paint... Yeap, both Scourge's face are the touch-up painted version as I had forgotten to take a picture of the face before touch-up paint...




Looking forward to the arrival of TR Chromedome and Highbrow (both loose a.k.a. box-less version) to complete the Headless... I mean Headmasters 4...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Minor Painting : Titans Return Galvatron and Scourge

Had a bit of free time, and also because TT Legends Galvatron is out, so decided to do some minor paint touch up.... Used paint pens as I am too lazy to dismantle parts... First is the Titans Return Galvatron, which I painted the neck rim and the caterpillar-track-holders to silver colour... Looks quite good from a distance!


Did not paint the caterpillar tracks as I will be putting them down on table tops, and don't want to risk paint scrapping nor dirtying the table top... Also did not paint the abdomen cover and feet as I like their current colour...


The silver seems to do a good job to break the monotonous purple colour scheme in cannon mode... Nice....



Then I proceed to add some silver to Titans Return Scourge... The paint pen ran out of ink halfway, so had to use a more shiny silver paint pen... still ok, I feel... Saw in 1 TF forum that someone had painted the thighs of Scourge, and it looks super nice, perhaps I will also follow suit after I get a new paint pen...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of KOs (184) - 战将 ( Zhan Jiang ) KO Oversized Warbotron WB-03F Rex ( a.k.a. Grimlock )

Collected this solid piece of KO last night.... Bought this from Taobao.com via a Taobao agent, and cost approximately SGD 39.10... Did not expect it to be so large... Was quite late after collecting, so I waited till the next day to check out this KO in detail...


So today I searched and found some old Autobot logo (self-made) sticker and paste it onto the chest before putting the transparent green cover...


Here's Grimlock with all his accessories!!! Nice looking bot... Generally joints are tight with exception of the left elbow ball joint, as the screws securing the 2 halves of the lower arm are loose (screw threads worn out, which can be fixed easily)... Some pegs are too tight too, and requires some sanding down... This KO comes with the typical Grimlock-ish sword and gun, and a little crown... cute...


Very posable figure!!!



He is about the same size as Titans Return Galvatron, and (just) slightly heavier too...


Dino mode looks very very good too... It needs a few times of transformation to smoothen the tabbing/pulling-out of pegs to holes...


I actually prefer the back to NOT carry any weapons, but if have to, I will prefer to put the guns to face downwards... Just personal preference...


"Me Grimlock says me King!!!"


And this pose as archeologists now say that T-rex supposedly walk with tail not touching ground... but this is so not G1... hahahaha....


There is even a mouth cannon... Overall like it very much, hahahaha...



Wah, so many new TFs with good designs are popping out with the Titans Return line... So tempted to get many,but space constraints... in the end if succumb to temptation, I might have to remove some of the TFs from the cabinets... Likely to get the Chromedome (ordered), Highbrow (ordered), Brainstorm, Gnaw and Sixshot (yes! Sixshot!!!)...